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Baby over the railing at the Canberra Centre?

By johnboy - 24 April 2007 23

Thanks to emd for the tip, the Essential Baby forum has reports of a baby going over the railing at the Canberra Centre this morning:

I was shopping in the Canberra Centre today and was up on level 1 near Pumpkin Patch/Australian Geographic when there were a couple of awful screams and I saw people run to the railing. Half the people that rushed to the railing turned around in horror with their hands over their mouths saying they couldn’t look. As I had my daughter I could not see anything but I heard that a child had fallen from the top level. My daughter started sensing something was wrong so I had to scoot her quickly to the back of a shop far away from the incident.

Anyone know more?

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23 Responses to
Baby over the railing at the Canberra Centre?
Myrmecia 9:54 pm 24 Apr 07

emd, do you have any explanation for the phenomenon you have identified that Riot ACT is predominantly male, despit the fact that it’s predominantly about gossip (see above)?

emd 8:44 pm 24 Apr 07

Essential Baby is one of the longest-running internet parenting forums in Australia. Hence it has such a huge readership (and recently got bought out by Fairfax). It’s also one of the most “mainstream” (ie unlikely to offend the general population with things like cloth nappies, extended breastfeeding, freebirthing etc).

If you want to know what ACT mums (and a few dads) really think, EB is a good place to ask questions. And I know there’s a number of RA regulars whose wives are EB regulars 😉

lateralis 7:30 pm 24 Apr 07

emd, I worry about the sites you visit.

Deano 5:13 pm 24 Apr 07
Ralph 4:40 pm 24 Apr 07

You’re all missing the point here. The wives’ tale contains an important underlying message about the evils of rampant consumerism and the dangers of a breakdown in traditional morals and values – particularly for small children.

Pumpkin Patch is a euphamism for John Howard.

schmerica_ 4:39 pm 24 Apr 07

No No – Michael Jackson was there – except this time he dropped the baby.

neanderthalsis 4:33 pm 24 Apr 07

Is there any truth to the rumour that Michael Jackson was seen in the Centre?

Cameron 4:30 pm 24 Apr 07

Add me to the chorus of those calling bullshit on this one.

schmerica_ 4:30 pm 24 Apr 07

Snahons – You forgot to wrap kids up in layers upon layers of cotton wool and bubble wrap. So if they do fall over, they make a cool ‘pop’ sound.

You’d think that if something that serious happened it would have been reported or something.

Ralph 3:51 pm 24 Apr 07

Sounds like a wives’ tale.

TAD 3:50 pm 24 Apr 07

I suspect
(a) complete crap didn’t happen at all.
(b) minor fall

I know that if the kid died or police attended I would have been told.

apehammer 3:40 pm 24 Apr 07

If a baby actually did fall over the railing it’s really not that funny.

Snahons_scv6_berlina 3:02 pm 24 Apr 07

There are lots of ways to prevent this sort of thing happening :

– Build single story shopping centres
– Don’t have kids
– Always ensure your kid is on a leash
– Design better barriers
– Ban all pumpkin patch shops
– Make parents so paranoid about the safety of their children that they never leave their single story house.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 1:57 pm 24 Apr 07

What’s the moral to the story? Never let your wife go near Pumpkin Patch.

West_Kambah_4eva 1:21 pm 24 Apr 07

“My daughter started sensing something was wrong…”

Does she have… the Shinning?

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